A Dozen Tips for Producing Low Allergy Gardens
Article by: Thomas Ogren
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What we plant , Lawn Mower Parts Overview often has a direct effect on our own health and the health of those near us. A pollen-producing male tree , Fall Garden Planning - Garden plans for next spring and orde in our own yard , Inuit Stone Sculptures From The Arctic North will easily expose us to ten times more pollen than would a similar tree , A Beautiful Carpet Sets The Mood Of Any Room growing just down the block. This can be compared to second-hand smoke. It is possible to inhale some smoke from a person smoking a block or two away from you, but it is hardly the same as someone smoking right next to you. It is the same with plants. , Top 10 Questions to Ask a Builder before Buying a Swimming P If your own yard , How To Use Vines In Landscaping Your Home is full of allergenic plants, , Floribunda Roses For All-Season Blooms then you will be exposed most.
Elementary school landscapes , When is a Lily Not a Lily? are frequently highly allergenic because all too often they have been landscaped with trees , When is a Lily Not a Lily? and shrubs , Lawn Mower Parts Overview that will not produce any seeds, , Top 10 Questions to Ask a Builder before Buying a Swimming P seedpods or fruit—which the children might want to toss at each other. What is over-looked is that these tidy choices are usually male cultivars (clones) and although they are "litter-free," they are prodigious producers of allergenic pollen. I am now involved with a pollen-free landscape , Tips On How To Care For Fresh Cut Tropicals planting at a new elementary school in Tulare County, California. This work is being sponsored by their local , The Ancient Lore of the Green Giant Arborvitae asthma coalition and it is very encouraging to see preventative measures like this being taken. Children suffer greatly from allergies and asthma, and asthma is now the most common chronic childhood disease , Stop annoying email NOW in the US.
Another fine example of low-pollen landscaping , Plant Floribunda Roses For All-Season Blooms surrounds the new American Lung Association Regional Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. With "green" construction principles a new ‘Breathe Easy' allergy-free office was constructed. The allergy-friendly landscape , REPLACING YOUR OLD WOOD DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS plant materials are predominantly female, and compliment the clean air , Best Trees for Growing in Lawns building. Other Breathe EasyÔ offices are also now using pollen free landscapes, , How to Significantly Lower Your Wedding Flower Costs as are numerous Heath Houses. , Diseases and Orchids
Twelve tips: Remember, the greater the exposure to pollen, the greater the incidence of pollen-triggered allergy and asthma.
1.Don't plant , Inuit Stone Sculptures From The Arctic North any male trees , Is a Hot Tub for you? Top 5 questions you need to Answer or shrubs. , Best Trees for Growing in Lawns These are often sold as "seedless" or "fruitless" varieties but they're males and they all produce large amounts of allergenic pollen.
2.Do plant , Improving your bathroom's appearance can be as simple as cha female trees , Tips on Planting the Eastern White Pine and shrubs. , If you are chasing the best sourced advice pertaining to arc Even though these may be messier than males, they produce no pollen, and they actually trap and remove pollen from the air. , Blue Spruce Trees -Not a Good Choice in Horsham Pa. There is also some very good all-female sod to use for pollen-free lawns. , Practical Feng Shui - Debunking the myths and finding out what
we can actually learn from the ancien As an added bonus, these female lawns , Three Choice Arborvitae For Your Landscape stay low and require less frequent mowing.
3.Plant disease-resistant varieties: mildew, rust, black spot and other plant , Georgian And Victorian Style Conservatories diseases all reproduce by spores and these spores cause allergies. Disease , How to Significantly Lower Your Wedding Flower Costs resistant plants , Blue Spruce Trees -Not a Good Choice in Horsham Pa. won't get infected as much and the air , Georgian And Victorian Style Conservatories around them will be healthier.
4.Use only trees , Arbor Swings - Which arbor is right for you? and shrubs , Caring for Orchids well adapted for your own climate , Fall Garden Planning - Garden plans for next spring and orde zone. Plants , Orchids How To Keep Them Alive grown in the wrong zone will often fail to thrive. Because they are not healthy, , The Awnings can be made with transparent plastics they will be magnets for insects. Insect residue, "honeydew," is a prime host for molds and molds produce allergenic mold spores. Often native plants , How To Use Flower Beds In Landscaping Your Garden will be the healthiest choices.
5.Be careful with the use of all insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides. Accidental exposure to all of these chemical pesticides has been shown to cause breakdowns in the immune system. Sometimes one single heavy exposure to a pesticide will result in sudden hypersensitivity to pollen, spores, and to other allergens. This is as true for pets as it is for their owners. Go organic , Enjoy Rose Gardening as much as possible. Make and use compost! , Do You Need Annuals or Perennials for your Garden
6.Diversity is good. Don't plant , When is a Lily Not a Lily? too much of the same thing in your landscapes. , Can your sundial really tell the time? Use a wide selection of plants. , Can your sundial really tell the time? Lack of diversity often causes over-exposure. Use lots of variety in your gardens. , How To Use Flower Beds In Landscaping Your
7.Wild birds , Tips On How To Care For Fresh Cut Tropicals are a big plus because they eat so many insects. Plant , The Awnings can be made with transparent plastics fruiting trees , Hardwood 101 and shrubs , Plant Floribunda Roses For All-Season Blooms to encourage more birds. , Best Trees for Growing in Lawns Suet also attracts many insect-eating birds. , Planting a Container Garden Insect dander causes allergies and birds , Fall Garden Planning - Garden plans for next spring and orde consume an incredible amount of aphids, whiteflies, scale, and other invertebrate pests. , Inuit Stone Sculptures From The Arctic North
8.Use pollen-free selections whenever possible. There are many hybrids with highly doubled flowers , Winter Gardening and in many cases these flowers , Geranium Plants lack any male, pollen parts. Formal double chrysanthemums, for example, usually have no pollen. Another example would be almost all of the erect tuberous begonias. These have complete female flowers, , Landscaping with Roses but their male flowers , Can your sundial really tell the time? have nothing but petals, making them pollen-free.
9.If you simply must have some high-allergy potential plants , Improving your bathroom's appearance can be as simple as cha in your yard, , Using popular rose varieties in your garden just because you love them, then watch where you plant , Nutcrackers Add a Whimsical Touch to Holiday Decor them. Don't use any high-allergy plants , Tips on ing the Eastern White Pine near bedroom windows , Why You Should Be Gardening or next to patios, , Nutcrackers Add a Whimsical Touch to Holiday Decor well-used walkways, or by front or back doors. , Sedona Arizona Real Estate is Red Hot Place , Choose The Hybrid Tea Rose For A Touch Of Classic Elegance the highest allergy plants , How to Grow Organic Cigar Tobacco as far away from the house , Enjoy Rose Gardening as possible and downwind of the house , REPLACING YOUR OLD WOOD DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS too. Remember: the closer you are to the high-allergy tree , Spice up your Garden with Rare Flowering Bulbs or shrub, , Stop annoying email NOW the greater is your exposure.
10.Know the exact cultivar name of a tree , Spice up your Garden with Rare Flowering Bulbs or shrub , Orchids How To Keep Them Alive before you buy it. Don't buy any that are not clearly tagged with the correct cultivar (variety) name and the Latin, scientific name. Compare the exact name of the plant , Tips on ing the Eastern White Pine with its OPALS/TM allergy ranking. With this scale, 1 is least allergenic, and 10 is the most allergenic. Try to achieve a landscape , Spice up your Garden with Rare Flowering Bulbs that averages at OPALS #5, or below.
11.If you have a tree , Enjoy Rose Gardening or hedge , Why You Should Be Gardening that has high allergy potential and don't want to remove it, consider keeping it heavily sheared so that it will flower , Landscaping with Roses less. Boxwood, for example, has allergenic flowers , Do You Need Annuals or Perennials for your Garden but if pruned hard each year, it will rarely bloom at all.
12.Get involved with your own city's tree , Diseases and Orchids and parks departments, and encourage them to stop planting any more wind-pollinated trees. , Blue Spruce s -Not a Good Choice in Horsham Pa. There are thousands of fine choices of street trees , Winter Gardening that do not cause any allergies and we should be using these instead. Working together we can make a healthy , The Awnings can be made with transparent plastics difference, and we'll all breathe better for our efforts.
*Note, with the dioecious plants , Nutcrackers Add a Whimsical Touch to Holiday Decor (separate-sexed) males cause pollen-allergy, and females because they are pollen free, do not. Examples of some of these dioecious plants , The Awnings can be made with transparent plastics are: red maple, silver maple, box elder, holly, willow, aspen, cottonwood, poplar, fringe tree, , Is a Hot Tub for you? Top 5 questions you need to Answer pepper tree, , Do You Need Annuals or Perennials for your Garden carob tree, , Spice up your Garden with Rare Flowering Bulbs Osage orange, mulberry, cedar, juniper, podocarpus, yews, ash, date palms, , Sedona Arizona Real Estate is Red Hot and even asparagus.
About the Author
Thomas Ogren is the author of Allergy-Free Gardening, , A Beautiful Carpet Sets The Mood Of Any Room Ten Speed Press. Tom does consulting work on landscape , REPLACING YOUR OLD WOOD DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS plants and allergies for the USDA, county asthma coalitions, and the Canadian and American Lung Associations. He has appeared on HGTV and The Discovery Channel. His book, Safe , Urban Farming, Even In Solebury, PA Sex in the Garden, , REPLACING YOUR OLD WOOD DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS was published in 2003. In 2004 Time Warner Books published: What the Experts May NOT Tell You About: Growing , REPLACING YOUR OLD WOOD DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS the Perfect Lawn. , Do You Need Annuals or Perennials for your Garden His website: www.allergyfree-gardening.com
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